Capital Market Integration and Industrial Structure: The Case of Australia, Canada and the United States
60 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2000
Date Written: undated
Using a matched sample design where companies are matched by size and industry from Australian, Canadian and US capital markets, we investigate whether capital market integration varies across industries. The tests are conducted in the Capital Asset Pricing Model and multi-factor pricing frameworks over the 1983-1992 period. Our evidence supports two main findings. First, global industry stocks such as oil and mining stocks are priced in a relatively integrated capital market while regional industry stocks such as consumer and capital goods stocks are priced in segmented markets. Second, Australian stocks are priced in different markets than their Canadian and US counterparts. Evidence suggests that the pricing of Canadian stocks occurs in a regionally integrated North American stock market rather than in a global market. This evidence supports the notion that economic and trade linkages are a dominant factor in international asset pricing.
Keywords: Integration, segmentation, industrial structure, multi-country study
JEL Classification: G12, G15
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